I had been very excited to do this trip, but I was disappointed with the outcome. Our tour director probably didn't know what she was doing half the time, and she made many,many mistakes that impacted the outcome of the trip. On the third day of our tour, we spent about 10 hours in the bus with about only three stops. Half of our bus was getting motion sick, and our tour director kept telling us that we would be there soon. When we got to the hotel, it was the wrong hotel. Then when we got to the right hotel, there were many problems with it. During another night, the students stayed in hostel while the adults stayed in the connected hotel. The other 2 groups we were with rebelled and stayed in a hotel about 20 minutes from the original. During the whole trip, we had breakfasts of cereal, croissants, and coffee. As a result- with no protein in our breakfast also- we were very hungry throughout the trip. Also, we had dinner either at 5:00 or 10:00, there was almost no inbetween, so most of us barely got sleep. Some positive things about the trip is that the country was nice and I got closer to the people I traveled with.
/ Student traveler Atlanta, Georgia / Posted on June 19, 2017
The most in-depth I've ever seen a country
I've traveled abroad before, but never with EF. This was the furthest I've gone off the beaten path in a foreign country; we saw more of Ireland than most natives of the country. Wish the extension had spent more time in Belfast and that we hadn't gone to Cork on Sunday when everything was closed. Other than that it was the trip of a lifetime and I'd recommend to any group wishing to travel to Europe.
/ Student traveler Nashville, Tennessee / Posted on June 17, 2017
Well planned and lead
Wonderful, loved Ireland, scenery and people!
Great tour guide, had lots of information worked around inclement weather.
My only suggestion would be to rotate seats on the bus, another tour I was on had groups of four move up every day, that way every one got time close to the front of the bus and on both sides of the coach. I was sitting towards the back the whole time and spent ALOT of time waiting for people to get off the bus! It got very irritating.
Goldfish / Adult traveler Posted on June 14, 2017
Exceeded my expectations. Our guide was filled with vivid history stories and our bus driver was experienced and helpful! They both were flexible to accommodate our groups desires (such as bringing those who desired on morning or evening walks/hikes in the nearby countryside). It was fast paced but that allowed us to see so many beautiful sites, towns, museums and churches. The food I purchased for lunch was delicious (fish and chips, Spanish tapas, chicken salad, fish chowder). Included dinners were fine expect for the dinner of "nachos" the first night! (Not so good and most kids didn't eat them.) Hotels ranged in quality but they provided a night or two of rest and then we were off for more adventures. I loved the entire trip but wished we could have had more than an hour in Belfast proper. The kids seemed to enjoy themselves very much throughout the trip.
TravelTink / Adult traveler Auburn, WA / Posted on April 29, 2017
This trip was the best experience I've ever had. It is my favorite memory so far.
CTBully / Student traveler Green Bay, WI / Posted on April 28, 2017
Great time, weather and experiences!
We had the best trip! The weather was wonderful the entire trip so we got to visit every place on the agenda. The tour guide and bus driver were awesome!! Most hotels were as expected, small but clean and sufficient. There was a great hotel in Lisdoonvarna that was exceptional! Dinner there was great and they served a traditional Irish breakfast. Most meals were good. The breakfasts were fair, some had just cereal and toast, some added meat and some added fruit. Only twice I think we were served an Irish breakfast. Cereal and toast is not sufficient for teenagers or people who aren't eating lunch until 1 or 2 in the afternoon. The sights were beautiful..we saw Castles and Cathedrals, the Cliffs or Moher, the Ring of Kerry, museums and parks, food and culture and soo much more! We had a great mix of city and country and learned a lot. I recommend this trip!
Parentontrip / Adult traveler Havre de Grace, MD / Posted on April 25, 2017
We have the best tour guide and group leaders. Our guide was so knowledgeable, patient, nice, engaging, and FUN. Would not trade the experience for anything. Thanks
Skeety / Adult traveler Baytown, TX / Posted on April 25, 2017
I accompanied both my son and daughter on a the Emerald Isle trip to Ireland. The tour director was amazing and everything on the tour was well organised. The hotels were all very nice and clean and the food was very good. The scenery was breathtaking and my children really enjoyed all of the castle visits. It definitely exceeded my expectations!
Meg74 / Adult traveler Easton, PA / Posted on April 25, 2017
Wonderful Historical Tour
We had a very informative tour guide, who was able to take us all around the Emerald Isle, telling us history and stories along the way. It was great to see so many different parts of the country and experience various aspects of the Irish history and culture. The best parts were being able to wander around and explore the beautiful landscape (at places like the Burren, Ring of Kerry, Cliffs of Moher, Giant's Causeway. There was a bit of confusion regarding tour expectations and scheduling of various parts (not enough time at some places, rushing through certain parts, needing to skip others, meals in illogical locations given the day's itinerary, no awareness of student/chaperone allergens, rooming issues, e.g., chaperones located in a separate building from the students, etc), but overall, it was certainly an enjoyable trip.
MLTK / Adult traveler Posted on April 25, 2017
The tour was amazing. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable. The accommodation were nice and the food was very good. Ireland is a beautiful country and the people were very nice. I would recommend EF Tours for other students to go on. They are very organized and informative.
Scraper / Adult traveler Seattle, Wa / Posted on April 20, 2017